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30th January 2017

An Appy solution for the BVRLA’s concerns over connected car data

The grass certainly doesn’t grow under the feet of car and van manufacturers or indeed technology firms, with advancements in smart vehicles, the internet of things, telematics and big data coming along thick and fast. We’ve already reached the point where so many things from buildings and other inanimate objects to bicycles and even toothbrushes… Read more

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16th January 2017

Smart cities say ‘on your bike!’ to potholes

The bane of motorists’, fleet managers’ and councils’ lives, potholes blight towns and cities across the UK, creating damage, anger and budgetary upheaval. Technology is coming up with answers to so many challenges these days, though, and is even starting to contribute to the fight against potholes thanks to advances in smart bikes, smart cities,… Read more

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19th December 2016

Connected cities: success stories and challenges

Cars aren’t the only things becoming increasingly connected. Rapid progress in Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) is helping smart or ‘connected’ cities to develop, too. Far from a sci-fi pipe dream, these cities are a reality very much here already and not just in the developing world. What is a smart/connected city?… Read more

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19th December 2016

As more cities move to ban diesels, are some key snags being ignored?

With a number of governments including the UK having encouraged motorists to side with diesel in recent years, some drivers may have been left aghast on learning that four of the world’s major cities have announced that they plan to introduce a complete ban on diesel vehicles in the not-too-distant future1. The damaging effects of… Read more

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19th December 2016

Are the latest pollution-busting recommendations merely NICE but implausible?

There’s no denying that air pollution is a massive issue in the UK, highlighted recently by the High Court ruling that the government has broken the law by its failure to address illegal NO2 levels with any urgency1. London’s ‘toxic air’, said to be responsible for over 9,000 deaths per year in the capital, has… Read more

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25th November 2016

What Big Data is and 5 amazing ways in which it’s being used

From mobile phones, social media platforms, home central heating systems and research surveys, to public transport networks, hospitals, air quality sensors and orbiting satellites, everything around us pumps out all kinds of information. Once the Internet of Things (IOT) gains ever more traction, it genuinely will be conceivable that fridges will tell ovens what food… Read more

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20th November 2016

Five incredibly diverse solutions from the Internet of Things

It’s fair to say that the bog-standard internet has revolutionised life for so many people, from international businesses being able to exchange large files within seconds, to grandparents Skype-chatting with their grandchildren like they were in the same room, if they and their parents have emigrated after watching one too many overseas property programs on… Read more

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12th December 2016

Our pick of fleet cars on the way in 2017

Another year has nearly drawn to a close and what a remarkable and surprising twelve months it’s been, especially on the political front. Although things are much more predictable when it comes to cars aimed at the business market, the New Year still has plenty of tantalising prospects in store. Focussing on definites rather than… Read more

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12th October 2016

The pros and cons of buying an ex-fleet company car

Don’t elbow us for saying so, but the New Year’s not all that far away and Boxing Day onwards is when some people’s thoughts turn to their plans for the twelve months ahead. Tablets at the ready and leftover mince pies within reach, the nation begins searching topics ranging from holidays and decorating to getting… Read more

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12th September 2016

The pros and cons of Russian doll car design

Moseying through the continuous stream of images from the Paris Motor Show 2016, a torn feeling I sometimes wrestle with reared its head again, especially after clapping eyes on Audi’s RS3 saloon. What troubles me is that many car manufacturers’ model line-ups have become considerably homogenised in recent years. To put it candidly, they’re starting… Read more